Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Commitments

Updated Nov 8, 2023

Premiere Stages is determined to create an environment that respects and promotes the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. 

We are committed to supporting a diverse group of individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, national origins, nationalities, ancestry, religious groups, gender expression or identities, sexual orientations, political beliefs, ages, abilities and disabilities.

Premiere’s revised DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility) Statement of Commitment currently reads as follows:

We stand in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) theatre community and commit to actions that will help to combat racism and bias in America and address the injustices that have too long affected and compromised the advancements and contributions of BIPOC artists and artists with disabilities. 

We recognize that we must take an active role to help bring about significant change. We must combat complacency, reflect on and strengthen our commitments, and explore how we may learn and grow in order to achieve racial parity and dismantle systematic racism and bias. 

We are committed to partnering with artists, patrons and organizations who share our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility to increase our engagement with BIPOC artists and artists with disabilities. 

We are committed to producing topical plays and interactive programs that reflect people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious groups, gender identities, ages, abilities, disabilities and sexual orientations.  

We are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment with equitable treatment for all. 

Premiere Stages is a program of Kean University. Kean University is a State of New Jersey entity and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer. Our statements on DEIA are promoted on our website, in our e-blasts and on our printed materials including all playbills and the season brochure. 

The statement is monitored and updated on an annual basis (as part of the Long Range Strategic Plan review process) and is shared with any individuals who are hired or engaged to represent Premiere. DEIA language is also shared on widely distributed materials, including press releases and printed materials. The policy is monitored on an annual basis (as part of the Long Range Strategic Plan review process).

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